What’s his name mummy? What’s his name? This is the first question I get asked when I pull out the Elf every year.

My kids haven’t clued in that it’s the same damned Elf as last year which means I get to make up a new Elf on the Shelf name every time we circle back to 1st December. Which I don’t mind because I LOVE names. And naming the Elf is a lot less work than moving him every night!

Name that Elf!

If you’re struggling to find the perfect name for your Elfie (other than Elfie, of course), let our Naming Elves help you out. Behold 75+ Elf on the Shelf names!

Christmas Movie and Literature  Elf on the Shelf Names

  1. Buddy – From the movie, Elf. Obv
  2. Jovie – Also from the above movie, but also very jovial, kind of like Santa himself
  3. Arthur – From Arthur Christmas
  4. Bryony – Also from Arthur Christmas
  5. Charlie – From The Santa Clause
  6. Bernard – From The Santa Clause
  7. Hermey – From the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  8. Kevin – From Home Alone
  9. Fleck – From The Christmas Chronicles
  10. Jojo – Also from The Christmas Chronicles
  11. A few other elves’ names from this popular movie include Bjorn, Lars and Mina
  12. Or you could go with Teddy or Cat (for the main characters)
  13. Eben – A nod to Ebeneezer Scrooge
  14. Theo – The real name of Dr. Seuss, the author of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
  15. Clement– The name of the author of the classic poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
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Elfish names

  1. Lego – Short for Legolas, from Lord of the Rings
  2. Arwen – From Lord of the Rings
  3. DobbyHarry Potter of course
  4. Winky – Also from Harry Potter
  5. Scout – This is technically the name that comes with your Elf. Scout Elf
  6. Puck – From Berzerk
  7. Holly – From Artemis Fowl
  8. Julius – From Artemis Fowl
  9. Elfin – The official elf language
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Christmasy Elf on the Shelf names 

  1. Prancer – Or any of the other reindeer’s names. Even Olive works
  2. Rudy – Short for Rudolph
  3. Rein – You know, like Reindeer?
  4. Tinnie – Short for Tinsel
  5. Joy
  6. Peppermint
  7. Fruitcake
  8. Cherry
  9. Ivy 
  10. Felix or Felicity
  11. Ember – Short for December
  12. Cane – Candy Cane
  13. Nori – Short for North Pole perhaps? Or North West
  14. Saint
  15. True – Hmm… turns out Kardashian offspring make great Elf names
  16. Bailey – Named after the greatest Christmas beverage in all the land
  17. Bell -You know, like sleighbells. But, also, fun fact, named after the creator of EOTS – Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell.
  18. Noel – Or to add a bit of cheek, Leon (Noel spelled backward for those playing at home).
  19. Gabe – For Gabriel the angel
  20. Nico – Short for St Nicholas
  21. Talia – Short for Natalie and Natalia – the quintessential Christmas name which means “born on Christmas”
  22. Stella – Sticking to the whole celestial Christmasy theme
  23. Carol – a shout-out to Christmas carols. Also, if your Elf likes to complain a lot, then this name is perfect
  24. Evie – Or Eve, the day when our Elf finally peaces the eff out
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Names that mean “elf” or some variant

  1. Avery
  2. Alvin or Alvie
  3. Alston
  4. Aubrey
  5. Albie
  6. Alfred
  7. Elvern or Elvey
  8. Freddie 
  9. Luell
  10. Livi
  11. Alary
  12. Alba
  13. Elwyn
  14. Ordella
  15. Siofra
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Other Elf on the Shelf names

  1. Ralph (the elf) – It kinda rhymes right?
  2. Dash – Because he’s super speedy and ‘dashes’ around the world every night. Get it?
  3. Wednesday – Because December 1st falls on a Wednesday this year. Or you could go with Saturday (Christmas Day 2021)
  4. Cheeky – That he is!
  5. Summer – December, is, after all, the hottest month of summer
  6. Candice – I don’t know why – it just sounds like an Elf name. Maybe because it’s kind of like Candy?
  7. Archer – What does Archer have to do with Elf on the Shelf? It all comes down to the zodiac. You see, babies born from 1 December to 21 December fall under the Sagittarius sign. And the symbol for Sagittarius? An archer
  8. Cole – Something no one wants in their stocking
  9. Seto – OKay, this is a little out of the box but SETO is an anagram for EOTS (Elf on the Shelf). It could work
  10. Lazy Susan – A great name for your Elf if she keeps ‘forgetting’ to move at night. Or Half-Arse Harry also works
  11. And my favourite – Effie – Short for IDGAF and perfect for all those naughty elves out there
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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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